Facilities Checklist


  1. Meet current local safety and fire codes.
  2. Ensure accessibility to all members of the community, conforming to ADA standards.
  3. Seek the professional expertise of a library planner and/or library architect for any new construction or major remodeling.
  4. Dedicate expenditures for capital improvements and facility maintenance.
  5. Develop policies relating to effective public use of facilities, including a meeting room policy.


  1. Install signs in the community that direct people to the library.
  2. Provide a well-lit exterior with signage that clearly identifies the building from the street.
  3. Prominently post hours of operation outside the library.
  4. Maintain sufficient, well-lit parking located near or adjacent to the facility.
  5. Provide a convenient, safe book return location(s) during the hours the library is closed.


  1. Provide a well-designed interior that encourages self-directed use of the library.
  2. Offer adequate programming and space to fulfill the library’s stated mission and goals. Examples of space include:
    • Storytime
    • Study
    • Quiet
    • Public meeting
    • Programming
    • Accessing and utilizing materials
    • Public computing
    • Space to create individual content and projects
  3. Maintain separate areas for staff workspace(s) and breaks.
  4. Provide storage space.
  5. Allow easy access to electrical and cabling outlets to support current technology.

Facilities Checklist – FUTURE-FOCUSED

  1. Maintain usage statistics and compare them to space allocation standards to ensure library facilities meet community demands.
  2. Prepare long-range facility plans that address projected growth. Review the facility plan annually and revise at least every five years. Maintain written policies and guidelines necessary for maintaining and improving facilities.

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